At the fourth Assembly of the German Synodal Way, a large majority of the bishops and laity present voted to approve a text that demands the Church change her teaching on homosexuality.
Entitled “Magisterial reassessment of Homosexuality,” the document includes the following statement: “Same-sex sexuality – also realized in sexual acts – is thus not a sin that separates from God, and it is not to be judged as intrinsically evil.”
The fourth Assembly of the German Synodal Way was held from September 8-10, 2022, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Synodal Assembly consists of the 56 German bishops, 69 representatives of the lay organization “Central Committee of German Catholics,” and several other members of clergy and laity. For a text to be approved, a majority of the members of the Assembly, as well as a two-thirds majority of the bishops, is needed.
Forty of the 56 German bishops (71%) voted in favor of the text that proposes a change to Church teaching on homosexuality. The document is meant to be submitted to Pope Francis and into the worldwide synodal process.
I agree with the German Synod’s statement on homosexuality and homosexual acts.
But of course this is a direct challenge to the traditnal RCC teachings that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil and are grave sins.
It is a big step for an important national church like the German church to throw down this challenge to Rome, the Vatican and traditional theologians.
But eventually Rome had to eventually agree that the earth was round and not flat.
And it must now prepare to abandon its flat earth approach to human sexuality.
It must learn from the fields of science, medicine and psychology.
These disciplines are also gifts from God and contain well founded sources of wisdom and knowledge.
The Holy Spirit is at work through all knowledge.
The clash of views on human sexuality may very well prompt a schism in the RCC?
As someone said:
“Sex will be the Catholic Church’s 21st century Galileo”.
And strange that the country that produced the most recent conservative pope is now challenging conservative Catholic theology.